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(without typos) from the publisher. 1876. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... xv.-wagcws. the question of wagon supply has already been
referred to as one of the points to be considered in taking a
lease; but it has such a vital bearing on all collieries connected
with the Caledonian Railway, and, though in less degree, on
collieries in connection with other lines, . that it demands more
particular notice. I.--The Need Of Wagons.. Sixteen or eighteen
years ago, the increasing inability of the Caledonian Railway
Company to supply an adequate number of coal trucks began to be
seriously felt, and necessity compelled coal masters to supply
themselves from other sources. The result was, that this Railway
Company altogether ceased to provide wagons for the ordinary house
and steam coal traffic. Hence, when anyone leased a field in
connection with their system, he was told "that unless he had a
locomotive coal, and a contract for it, he need not hope to obtain
a supply of C. R. wagons; that he must, therefore, provide himself
in some other way, and that to the extent of a truck for every ton
of daily output, or 300 trucks for 300 tons--a statement which my
own experience verified. About five years ago some of the Railway
Companies, and especially the Caledonian, announced their intention
of buying up all the traders' wagons at a valuation; and, times
being dull, many were only too glad to make a bargain, while others
would not sell unless the Co. gave a guarantee for an adequate
supply, which they refused to do, and hence a few large firms
retained their trucks. Immediately afterwards the price of coal
advanced, and rose to an unprecedented height. Everybody was
anxious to rush coal into the market, and those who had sold their
wagons could not get a supply; and, as it happened, very much loss
was sustained by many firms. Hence the demand for pri...
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